HEAV’S Virginia Homeschool Update


January 9, 2013 



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Thank you to all who participated in the blog giveaway last week, and congratulations to Becky Jeffrey, the winner of the convention registration and Duggar tickets!

Registration should open in mid to late February. Watch the website and Update for details and opening date! You won’t want to miss the 3-day special pricing!

Become an HEAV Outreach Partner Join Our Team! Become an HEAV Outreach Partner

Can you help us reach the moms and dads in YOUR community? Our outreach program makes it easy–simply sign up as a church, community, MOPS group, or Internet Outreach Partner, and access specially prepared announcements, bulletin inserts, fliers, web banners, and more. We can especially use help getting out the word about the convention. Just fill out the online form, or e-mail publicity@heav.org.

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The Y is happy to support homeschool families.

The Y offers children of homeschooled families the opportunity to participate in healthy and social activities, offered at various convenient times throughout the day, that inspire creativity, encourage exercise and build relationships.

Click here for a list of our programs.

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Twisted Botz Head to World Championships!

The Twisted Botz, VEX Robotics Competition Teams 177 and 177Z, competed in Winter Regionals and qualified for the High School World Championship in California in April. The teams also received the Sportsmanship Award, Tournament Finalist Award, Community Award, and the Excellence Award. Congratulations, Twisted Botz!

See the Twisted Botz and their robots at the Robotics Expo at the HEAV convention in June!

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Homeschool Day at the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center

An HEAV-Sponsored Event!

Virginia Beach, Friday, January 25, 2013

Discover the amazing underwater world at the Virginia Aquarium. Travel on an aquatic journey from the shore to the depths of the Atlantic Ocean and experience animal feedings, training sessions, and “hands on” programs. You’ll see thousands of animals–representing more than 300 species–displayed in entertaining and educational exhibits.

How to Begin Homeschooling: What You Really Need To Yvonne BunnKnow!

Richmond, Friday, January 11, 2013

Are you thinking about homeschooling? Get your questions

answered and use the information from this seminar to prepare for a successful homeschool experience! Maximize your success with practical ideas from Yvonne Bunn, a veteran homeschool mom who has helped thousands of families begin homeschooling.


This informative seminar will help you focus on the things you really need to know for a successful homeschool year, including how to prepare, the ins and outs of the Virginia law, testing and evaluation options, how to choose curriculum, how to teach several levels at once, how to get the support you need, where to find the best resources, some things to avoid, and some secrets of success.

High School at Home: The Path to Success

Richmond, Friday, January 18, 2013

Teaching high school at home can seem like a daunting task–but the benefits of homeschooling during the high school years far outweigh the challenges!

Find out everything you need to know about homeschooling through high school in this seminar!

Answers in Genesis Conference
Friday, January 25; Sunday, January 27; and Monday, January 28, 2013 – Williamsburg
This free event is sponsored by CrossWalk Community Church of Williamsburg. Come hear AiG speaker Dr. Terry Mortenson speak on Creation vs. Evolution: Why It Matters; Millions of Years: Where Did That Idea Come From?; Origin of Species: Was Darwin Right?; and Ape-men, Adam and the Gospel. Learn how to defend the inerrancy of scripture “from the very first verse!”
All events are free and open to the public, but programs on Friday morning at Williamsburg Christian Academy are reserved for local homeschoolers. Homeschoolers must pre-register by phone at 757-258-1099. Get more information here.

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Wanted: Keynote CoordinatorHelp Wanted!


Do you have experience with stage production, design, setup, and scheduling? Do you love the challenge of creating a “Wow” effect with almost no budget? If so, HEAV could use your help as a keynote coordinator! Working closely with the convention director, you would prepare keynote schedules and direct the details and staging of each session, both before and during the convention. Good organization and communication skills essential, as is spiritual maturity and a desire to serve. Hours will vary, but the work can be done mainly from home, except for the actual convention. A small stipend is provided, and the rewards are eternal, as the work done truly blesses thousands. If interested, please contact Lauren Bell at convention@heav.org.


Transcript Editor Volunteer 

Do you love editing and reveling in the details? Did you love creating your child’s high school transcript and maybe helping other moms who were unsure of what to do? If so, you may be HEAV’s new transcript editor!

HEAV is looking for a volunteer willing to spend approximately one hour or two hours a week managing and editing transcript submissions. Work can be done from home, and experience is not necessary (you will be trained to use the computer program), but the following skills are essential: accurate typing, organization, attention to detail, and a familiarity with high school course titles. If interested, please contact Maureen Bittner at publications@heav.org.

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Article of the Week

New Year’s Resolutions Your Family Can Live With – Jim Liebelt

Phrased in the familiar “Just for today” format, the author suggests a different small step for each day of January to help you have a more fulfilling life. Try one or try them all. Try them as an individual or with other family members. The easy steps you take–“say ‘I love you’,” “appreciate the world around me,” and “learn something new”–are sure to enrich your life.

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1) Homeschool Items

View All Homeschool Items
1.1 Great Neck Variety Sports Day – Virginia Beach – January 25
1.2 Homeschool Series: Beach Combing – Baltimore, MD – Register by January 28
1.3 Constitutional Law – Online – January 28 through June 3
1.4 Winter Animal Adaptations and Survival Program – Wallops Island – January 28 through 30 and February 4 through 6

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2) General Interest Items 

2.1 Winter Wildlife Festival – Virginia Beach – Register by January 18
2.2 Marine Science Internship – Wallops Island – Application Deadline Is February 1

2.3 LEGO Shipbuilding Contest and Free Museum Entry – Norfolk – February 2

2.4 Nurses for Life Scholarship – Deadline Is February 15

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3) Cool Sites for Homeschoolers

View All Cool Sites for Homeschoolers

3.1 Christian Resources: Scripture Memory Plan
3.2 Thrifty Ideas: Save on Groceries When You’re Sick
3.3 Preschool and Kindergarten: The Kids’ Chalkboard
3.4 Science: Snow Science
3.5 Organizing: Online Timers to Help Manage Time

3.6 Arts and Crafts: Making Books

3.7 English: World Wide Words

3.8 Lapbooking: Winter Studies and Lapbooks

3.9 Technology: Kim Komando Video – “How to Remove a Computer Virus”

3.10 Character Study: Free Book of Virtues Curriculum

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4) Parting Thought – Job Interview Mistakes

If the new year includes a job hunt, try not to repeat these mistakes. 

Really–people did this stuff!


The candidate brought a “how-to-interview” book with him to the interview.


The candidate asked, “What company is this again?”


The candidate took off his shoes during the interview.


The candidate was arrested by federal authorities during the interview when the background check revealed the person had an outstanding warrant.


Read the rest of these 10 mistakes on the Business News Daily website.

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5) Worth Repeating

“We closed the year with praise and thanks to the Lord for all his goodness and for the kindnesses the Savior had done us in rescuing us from so many dangers and in being so heartily interested for us, but we confessed to him our transgressions and shortcomings and begged forgiveness of all our sins.”


– David Zeisberger (1721-1808), in his diary at the end of 1782. The Moravian missionary suffered through many difficult circumstances as he sought to preach the Gospel–especially to Indians–in the American British colonies and then in the new nation. Read more about Zeisberger’s experiences here.

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6) Verse of the Week   

Thy word [is] true [from] the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments [endureth] for ever.

– Psalms 119:160 (KJV)

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7) Homeschool Laugh of the Week

Laugh of the Week
Taken from The Official Book of Homeschooling Cartoons (www.familymanweb.com). Reprinted with Permission.